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The coming biotech age : the business of bio-materials
Oliver, Richard W., 1946-
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Publication Information:
New York : McGraw Hill, [2000]

Physical Description:
xi, 266 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
The bioterials century -- The Twenty-First century: the age of bioterials -- Conquering matter: explorations in the cellular and subatomic universe -- Bioeconomics: the new laws of bioterials -- The first law of bioeconomics: the daily doubling of knowledge -- The second law of bioeconomics: the global scope of bioterials is inversely proportional to its subatomic scale -- The third law of bioeconomics: accelerating vertical growth rates -- New materials: every atom a factory -- Designer genes: re-engineering the body -- Betting the "pharma": the biomedical complex -- Betting the farm: the bionic farmer -- Financing the dream: the biocapitalists -- Bioethics: the Chinese wall -- Afterword: 2005, the end of the beginning -- Appendix: statement of principles.
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Central Library HD9999.B442 O44 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Biotech companies are quickly becoming the new economic engines of growth and innovation and businesses must prepare now for the post-information biotech age.

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Oliver, a Vanderbilt University management professor, has already heralded a future driven by biotechnology and biologically engineered materials in The Shape of Things to Come: 7 Imperatives for Winning in the New World of Business (1998). Now he is even more emphatic and enthusiastic, boldly reasserting that the "bioterials age" will supplant the information age and that its new products will be more important than the car and the computer. Expanding the definition of "bioterials" to include all engineered materials, Oliver explains what the new products will do. He examines their impact on medicine, agriculture, and industry, and he posits the "three laws of BioEconomics." Although the "manipulation of organic matter" and reengineering the body clearly raise ethical issues, Oliver's concern here is primarily economic. He does, though, include a chapter on "BioEthics" and issue a warning that all citizens must become "BioLiterate." --David Rouse

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